In general, fax machines can still be used after switching to IP telephony. Analogue fax machines can be connected directly to the router, just like fixed-line telephones. The number of digital solutions, such as fax services over e-mail, are also increasing. Beginning 2018, full transition of customer lines to IP in larger regions across Switzerland will go ahead to drive dismantling of the old infrastructure in those areas. Customers who have not yet switched to an IP product by then will be helped to do so by Swisscom.
In general, you will still be able to use your analogue fax machine after switching to IP. With IP, you need to connect your fax machine to the analogue telephone adapter on the router, just like fixed-line telephones.
If your analogue fax machine no longer works properly after switching to All IP, please make the following changes to the settings on your device:
a) Reduce the transmission rate, e.g. from 14,400 bps to 9,600 bps.
b) Turn error correction off: switch Error Correction Mode (ECM) to “off”.
If an analogue fax machine must be used, please note that Swisscom cannot guarantee that it will be possible to transmit faxes. The reasons for this are the variety of parameters of the IP network, which are network- and location-specific and could possible cause issues with fax transmission. This is why, for the transmission of business-critical data, we recommend switching to a new solution.
Faxes and other modulated services in the voice transmission bandwidth do not have the same level of reliability in the IP environment. However, we are unable to comment on individual cases since various factors can significantly influence transmission quality, such as the type of device, device settings and type of device connection to the IP network at the transmitter and receiver. Documents may not be completely rendered or the transfer itself may break down entirely due to technological reasons. At international transfer level especially, you need to anticipate increasing difficulties.
We assume that analogue communication services will disappear from the market in the medium to short term. We would therefore recommend that you switch to an IP solution. This includes sending and receiving faxes using PC or e-mail solutions. Combox® pro is also an alternative for sending and receiving fax documents.
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